Fans will have to wait a little longer to learn the fate of David Haller, as FX’s Legion won’t return for its 10-episode second season until April.
That’s about two months later than expected, considering the first season of the critically acclaimed drama debuted Feb. 8, 2017. No specific date has been announced.
Developed by Noah Hawley (Fargo), the series is based on the Marvel Comics character David Haller, the mentally ill — and immensely powerful — son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Legion stars Dan Stevens as David, who was diagnosed at an early age with schizophrenia and spent much of his life in and out of mental institutions. However, as the first season unfolded he learned that he isn’t mentally ill but had instead been possessed since childhood by Amahl Farouk, the psychic parasite known as the Shadow King.
In the season finale, the Shadow King was freed from David’s body and unleashed into the world, and David teleported into a mysterious mechanical orb and taken away.
During the Legion presentation today at Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Hawley revealed Season 2 will pick up about a year after the events of the finale, with David trying to figure out what’s occurred during that time.
“If the first year was the story of an insane man in a sane world, then I was interested in looking at David now being the sane man in an insane world,” he said. “We’ve established he doesn’t have schizophrenia and he has these abilities. There is this time jump, for him to come back and suddenly the world is a very different place. I was interested this year in looking at a mass psychology. Mental illness can also be cultural in a way so those issues were interesting to me. We’re also exploring with Dan, he’s on a journey here in which in the language of this world, you have heroes and villains. It’s not determined yet where he’s going to end up.”
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